At the forefront of the Pittsburgh Pirates' week of moderate success has been the team's lineup, which so often has been blamed for the team's struggles.
Ever since Clint Hurdle dropped Starling Marte down from leadoff against the Baltimore Orioles, the offense has thrived.
From the first game of the doubleheader against the O's through Wednesday's win against San Francisco, the Pirates are hitting .295 with a .377 OBP and a .432 slugging percentage, good for an outstanding .809 OPS. The team is also finding ways to drive runners in through other methods than the home run, hitting 17 doubles and seven triples during this stretch where the Bucs are averaging 4.8 runs per game.
Everyone hitting leadoff through the six-hole has benefited from Hurdle's new lineup.
Josh Harrison: .353/.389/.647/1.036
Neil Walker: .321/.500/.429/.929
Andrew McCutchen: .424/.500/.576/1.076
Pedro Alvarez: .286/.375/.457/.832
Starling Marte: .382/.432/.588/1.021
Ike Davis: .320/.414/.400/.814
Travis Snider: .231/.375/.385/.760
Continued production such as this is a must out of the lineup if the Pirates are to get back into contention. Assuming it will take 90 wins to make the playoffs, the Pirates must go a minimum of 76-52 the rest of the way.Tags: Baseball, MLB, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates, Starling Marte